What is leadership? Leadership quotes – 1

What is leadership? – Searching for a definition (Part 1)

Google dictionary defines leadership as “the action of leading a group of people or an organization, or the ability to do this”.

I would initially describe Leadership as the art of influencing others to accomplish certain objectives.

Some definitions given by various leadership gurus would help give a clearer picture and also highlight certain key aspects of leadership

Leadership is the ability to guide others (without force) into a direction or decision that leaves them still feeling empowered and accomplished.” Lisa Cash Hanson, CEO, Snuggwugg
Effective leadership is providing the vision and motivation to a team so they work together toward the same goal, and then understanding the talents and temperaments of each individual and effectively motivating each person to contribute individually their best toward achieving the group goal. Stan Kimer, president, Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer
Leadership is the art of serving others by equipping them with training, tools and people as well as your time, energy and emotional intelligence so that they can realize their full potential, both personally and professionally. Daphne Mallory, family business expert, The Daphne Mallory Company
Leadership is being bold enough to have vision and humble enough to recognize achieving it will take the efforts of many people — people who are most fulfilled when they share their gifts and talents, rather than just work. Leaders create that culture, serve that greater good and let others soar Kathy Heasley, founder and president, Heasley & Partners
In my experience, leadership is about three things: To listen, to inspire and to empower. Over the years, I’ve tried to learn to do a much better job listening actively, making sure I really understand the other person’s point of view, learning from them, and using that basis of trust and collaboration to inspire and empower. [It’s about] setting the bar high, and then giving them the time and resources to do great work.Larry Garfield, president, Garfield Group
I define leadership as knowing when to be in front to lead and guide a team during the journey, and when to step back and let others take the lead. Much like an athlete who knows exactly what position to move to on the field at any given time, a true business leader understands the delicate balance of how to help others become leaders, fuel career ambitions, then give them the chance to shine.Dan Schoenbaum, CEO, Redbooth
Too many people view management as leadership. It’s not. Leadership comes from influence, and influence can come from anyone at any level and in any role. Being open and authentic, helping to lift others up and working toward a common mission build influence. True leadership comes when those around you are influenced by your life in a positive way.Kurt Uhlir, CEO and co-founder, Sideqik
Leadership is when someone is willing to stand up front to be either the target or the hero to take responsibility for the success or failure of a given goal. Not everyone has the guts to be a leader and the personal risks that they may encounter.Darlene Tenes, founder and designer, CasaQ 5 Leadership Weaknesses and How to Fix Them


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Paul Navamani

Sri Lanka Chapter Mentor for Business Seva/Partners Worldwide | Trainer for Experiential Learning. >> Join me on a journey as we explore leadership, various theories about leadership, leadership styles, case studies, leadership development techniques and practical applications of leadership in the 21st Century